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On first listen, PJ Harvey’s new album The Hope Six Demolition Project feels very much like a direct sequel to Let England Shake.

As with that album, Harvey uses the rock band format as a kind of Greek chorus, with the lyrical content placed firmly at the forefront. This however is a far more strident and barbed album, one that references the foreboding blues of her early work  as well as the disquieting lullabies of White Chalk, in service of a set of songs concerned with social cleansing, poverty and the aftermath of conflict on a global level.

If Let England Shake saw her finding a new songwriting voice, here she uses that voice as a vessel of the voiceless.

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